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Factors that go into a theft sentence

Those who are convicted of theft in Florida can face a range of penalties. The exact penalties will depend on the severity of the crime and other factors relevant to the case. Generally speaking, if the stolen property's value is less than $1,000, a defendant will face a misdemeanor charge. However, this could be upgraded if an offender has past convictions for theft or other crimes on their record.

If a crime is considered to be one of moral turpitude, it may be harder for a person to find a job after a conviction. This is because the conviction is likely to appear on a background check as part of the job application process. Those who are not in the country legally could face deportation if they are convicted of a crime in the United States.

It is possible that grand theft auto may have different penalties than a general theft charge. The same could be true if other valuable property is stolen. Just as a judge may consider a defendant's past history during sentencing, they may consider factors favorable to the defendant. If a judge is sympathetic to a person's case, an offender may just get fines or a light jail sentence instead of many years in prison.

In addition to the potential legal penalties, those who are charged with theft could have trouble finding work, enrolling in school or getting a loan. Therefore, it may be a good idea to consult with an attorney about ways to defend against such a charge. Doing so could make it possible to avoid a conviction.

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